You are what you eat. We’ve all heard that by now. I took it to heart: After a malignant lump was removed from my right breast in the year 2000, and my chemotherapy and radiation were all over and done, I came home and said to myself, “If I just go back to what I was doing, the way I was living before I got cancer, I’ll probably just end up getting it again.” I certainly didn’t want that, so I made some radical changes to my diet and lifestyle. I started doing research into healthy eating, and what I found was shocking, to say the least. I cut out all sugar and all processed foods from my diet. I started eating only clean, fresh, organic whole food. I added in cultured and fermented foods for probiotics and enzymes. I even went completely raw for a few years. I started exercising, and did CrossFit for a while, before I finally settled on yoga, which I love. That was sixteen years ago now, and I haven’t looked back. The change has done me good.
Change does indeed often do us good. And change is inevitable. Change will happen around us and to us whether we want it or not. The question is, do I want to change for the better? Or do I want to put off the inevitable for as long as possible, and possibly—even probably—ending up the worse for it? Let me give you some good advice: Change before you have to. That way, you can determine your own outcome, rather than allowing the outcome to determine you. This has served me well for sixteen years so far, and I’m confident it will serve me just as well for a long time to come.
So, just as you are what you eat, it’s my opinion that you are what you think as well. Proverbs 23:7 says “As [a person] thinks in his heart, so is he”. Do you think positive? Or do you think negative? Is your glass always half empty? Or is it rather always half full? Whatever you think about, that is what you will be. So doesn’t it make sense to always think positive?
Even in the face of what may seem to be overwhelming negatives? Yes, especially in the face of what seem to be overwhelming negatives. After all, what we see with our eyes, or even with our mind’s eye, isn’t iron-clad reality after all. It’s only what we perceive, and we perceive our circumstances solely through the filter of our thoughts and beliefs. If that filter is negative, guess how we will perceive our circumstances? What if we consciously chose to toss the negative filter, and replace it with a brand new positive one? What effect would that have on how we perceive our circumstances? You’re right, you would begin to see them as positive. I like the way Jiminy Cricket always had something profoundly good to say, and he would often say it in a cute little song. Here’s one that came to mind as I was thinking about thinking positive:
You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
And don’t mess with Mr. In-Between
You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium’s
Liable to walk upon the scene…
You are what you eat… Eat positive.
You are what you think… So think positive.
And remember this: when you make a change for the better, this will automatically make a change for the better in the man you married. Because you are one flesh, what you do for your health—whether mental, physical, or spiritual—will be done to him as well. Do you want him to think positive? Well, you have the power to make that happen. You have the power to make the opposite happen in him as well. But do you really want to make two people miserable? To paraphrase the verse above from Proverbs: As you think in your heart, then so is he as well.